Field Finalised for 2014 Karaka Million

The field for the $1m Karaka Million (Res.L) – New Zealand’s richest race – has been released with the barrier draw conducted live on Radio Trackside with Peter Early and Butch Castles earlier today.

Field Finalised for 2014 Karaka Million

The field for the $1m Karaka Million (Res.L) – New Zealand’s richest race – has been released with the barrier draw conducted live on Radio Trackside with Peter Early and Butch Castles earlier today.

Ruud Awakening - Karaka Million Race

Last year's Karaka Million winner Ruud Awakening.

Connections of Karaka Million eligible two-year-olds have watched with anticipation as a competitive season of two-year-old racing has seen the final field come down to the wire. The full field is now available for viewing online, with four runners from the Premier Sale, eight from the Select Sale, and two from the Festival Sale.

Stakes winner and top qualifier for the race Jackofall (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) has drawn ideally in barrier 6 for trainer Lisa Latta, who will be looking to capture her second Karaka Million following the win of Fort Lincoln (Charge Forward) in 2011. The son of first season sire Mastercraftsman will once again have the services of Jonathan Riddell.

The second top qualifier for the race is the Johno Benner trained Vespa (NZ) (Elusive City). The colt has never finished out of the placings at his first four starts, including two wins. Vespa was an unlucky third in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day after finding trouble throughout the race including inside the last 200m. He will be ridden by Mark du Plessis from barrier 4.

Perkins (NZ) (Sire Percy) has been consistent in his short four-start career without recording a win but has been placed twice at Listed level therefore earning the fifth most prizemoney in the race. Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, the son of Sir Percy has drawn barrier 10 and will be ridden by Opie Bosson.

Previous Ellerslie winner Riding Shotgun (NZ) (Iffraaj) appeared to have a second win on the course when beaten by the narrowest of margins by Way In last start. The Leo Molloy trained colt has one win and three placings from five starts in his consistent career and will have services of Leith Innes on Sunday from barrier 8.

Impressive debut winner Massale (Shaft) enters the race with only two starts under his belt. Trainers Mike Moroney and Chad Ormsby have engaged leading Australian rider Kerrin McEvoy to ride the gelding by Shaft who has drawn barrier 5.

Wairarapa galloper Longchamp (NZ) (Tavistock) will make the trek north for a crack at the $1m prize pool. Trained by Andrew Campbell, the son of another first season sire in Tavistock has not been since his resounding debut win at Otaki in late November. The colt will be ridden by Buddy Lamas from barrier 2.

International owner Dr Tan gets another crack at the Karaka Million with Dragon Lair (NZ) (Iffraaj) after Gobi Ranger entered last year’s race as one of the favourites. Dragon Lair was a winner on debut and has not been beaten far at his next two starts. International rider Noel Callow has been engaged to ride the colt from barrier 9.

Last year’s Karaka Million was won by Ruud Awakening for Albert Bosma’s Go Racing Syndicate. Albert Bosma returns this year with Prince Mambo (NZ) (Theywayyouare), another Go Racing Syndicate featuring a new group of high-profile owners. The colt by Thewayyouare was a winner two starts ago and is another trained by Stephen McKee. He will be ridden by Craig Grylls from barrier 3.

Graeme & Debbie Rogerson managed to qualify a second runner in the race with Staccato (NZ) (Swiss Ace) a dominant victor at New Plymouth last Thursday. Last year’s topped priced Lot at the Festival Sale will be ridden by Australian based Kiwi jockey Michael Walker from barrier 12.

Last start Ellerslie winner Way In (NZ) (Thewayyouare) will be carrying the famous colours of iconic kiwi galloper Bonecrusher in Sunday’s $1m feature. The Shaune Ritchie trained filly by first season sire Thewayyouare is the winner of two races and will be ridden by leading Australian jockey Tommy Berry from barrier 15.

Debut winner Serein (NZ) (Postponed) is the first of two runners that will carry Gerry Harvey’s NZ Thoroughbred Holdings colours for Graeme & Debbie Rogerson. The Festival Sale purchase was second in the Listed Welcome Stakes at Riccarton and didn’t receive much luck last start in the Group 3 Eclipse stakes. The Postponed filly will be ridden by stable rider Rory Hutchings from barrier ­­­­­­­7.

Another debut winner O’Marilyn (NZ) (O’Reilly) enters the race with strong claims after an impressive debut win followed by a strong third in the Listed Wentwood Grange Stakes and a tough sixth in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes, where the filly had to travel three-wide without cover throughout the race. Stephen McKee’s stable rider Sam Spratt will be aboard the O’Reilly filly from barrier 13.

Hugely impressive debut winner Divissima (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) created a big impression with a decisive win at Paeroa on 9 January. Another by first season sire Mastercraftsman, Divissima showed inexperience in her only raceday appearance but will have leading Australasian jockey James McDonald aboard, jumping from barrier 11.

The last horse to make the field is Coachella (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) with prizemoney of $5,600. Trained by Jeff McVean and Emma-Lee Browne, Coachella is the third horse by Mastercraftsman to make the field. The filly was a sound third last start behind Way In and was beaten less than a length on debut by Vespa. Jumping from barrier 1 she will be ridden by Matthew Cameron.

The winner of the race has come from barrier 1 twice in its six-year history, with also one placegetter from the ace draw.

Two horses will be hoping for scratchings to make the starting field with Flaming (NZ) (Bachelor Duke) and Douro (Flying Spur) both sitting on the ballot with a starting limit of 14 for the race.

Half of the horses are by first season sires with Mastercraftsman (3), Thewayyouare (2), Tavistock (1) and Swiss Ace (1) all represented with runners from their first crops.

The Select Sale has the most runners in the race this year with eight, continuing a trend that has seen the Select Sale produce the greatest number of runners in the Karaka Million in its six-year history.

The Premier Sale has four starters and will be looking to win the race for the fifth time. The Festival Sale will be looking for a maiden success in the race and has two chances this year.

The final field for the $1m Karaka Million:

16JackofallB. C Mastercraftsman x Wizard PrincessMs L LattaK2$34,000Blandford LodgeLisa Latta Rcg
24VespaBr. C Elusive City x Miss AvalonJ W BennerK2$34,000Valachi DownsCavallo Agistment
310PerkinsB. G Sir Percy x Dazzling BelleM P BakerK2$40,000Monovale FarmPHP Bayly
48Riding ShotgunCh. C Iffraaj x ExquisitelyL J MolloyK2$40,000Trelawney StudPhil Cataldo BStk
55MassaleCh. G Shaft x RosegreenM D MoroneyK2$57,500Ainsley Downs StudPaul Moroney BStk
62LongchampB. C Tavistock x Shot at the TitleA R CampbellK2$40,000Cambridge StudAR Campbell
79Dragon LairB. C Iffraaj x Foxy BlondeMs D GuyK1$80,000Haunui FarmDr KC Tan
83Prince MamboB. C Thewayyouare x Grace ParkS J McKeeK2$22,000Windsor Park StudGo Racing
912StaccatoB. G Swiss Ace x EclaircissementG A RogersonK3$125,000Westbury StudRogerson BStk
1015Way InB. or Br. F Thewayyouare x Small ParcelsS F RitchieK2$52,500Bradbury ParkSF Ritchie
117SereinCh. F Postponed x RenediymG A RogersonK3$35,000Westbury StudRogerson BStk
1213O'MarilynBr. F O'Reilly x Monroe MagicS J McKeeK1$130,000Cambridge StudTJ McKee
1311DivissimaCh. F Mastercraftsman x Hurricane MistM D MoroneyK1$80,000Haunui FarmPaul Moroney BStk
141CoachellaB. F Mastercraftsman x D.J. LightningJ L McVeanK1$50,000Windsor Park StudNZB as agent
15 (E)14FlamingB. F Bachelor Duke x Flying FirebirdJ W BridgmanK1$60,000The Oaks StudDC Ellis
16 (E)16DouroB. G Flying Spur x MorgaliciousG N RichardsonK2P/IGlen Hall FarmsP/I

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